TAZARA is gateway to the Eastern, Central and Southern African business markets covering both the SADC and COMESA regional groupings, runs from the port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to the town of New Kapiri Mposhi in Central Zambia where it links with the existing Zambia Railways System. The gauge of the line is same at 1067 millimeters (three and half feet) as that of Zambia Railways as well as all the other main trunk lines in Central and Southern Africa. Excellent, this is the really Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority, your preferred Transporter.
Q: What provisions do you provide to your customers (passengers)?
A: For the First Class passengers we provide beddings, tissue, soap and mineral water.
Q: What else do you provide?
A: We also provide room service for upper classes or a passenger can walk to the dinning car to sample choice of foods by our catering service.
Our upper classes coaches have provision for taking a shower on board, wash rooms and toilets.
We also have a lounge car where customers in the upper class can relax and watch TV, DVD movies, whilst being served with chilled or hot beverages of choice. Piped music is provided in all compartments.
Q: What is the baggage limit?
A: Passengers are allowed to convey the following as hand luggage: -
· 1st class tickets holders allowed to carry 50kgs small parcels free of charge
· 2nd class tickets holders allowed to carry 35kgs small parcels free of charge
· 3nd class tickets holders allowed to carry 20kgs small parcels free of charge
Any excess luggage will require be paying for and conveyed in the luggage van attached to the same train the passenger is travelling on except in special circumstances where the excess luggage may be delivered at a later date.
Q: How long does it take for a passenger train to reach New Kapiri Mposhi from Dar es Salaam and vice versa?
A: It takes an approximately 42 hours between Dar es Salaam and New Kapiri Mposhi. The passenger train is planned in such a way that passengers pass through specific areas along the line to enable them view the magnificent scenery, game and other attractions, to mention but a few.
Q: How can I book and get my ticket?
Q: How do you charge for a ticket?
· An adult pays full fare.
· A student (under 21 years) with a valid identity card pays half fare.
· Children under the age of three years travelling under the care of an adult passenger shall be conveyed free of charge.
· Children, who have attained the age of three years and re under the age of sixteen years, shall be conveyed at children fares.
(Visit our website www.tazarasite.com to see our fare charts).
Q: Do you allow people of the same family to be in one compartment?
A: Yes, we allow, only if payment is done for one compartment as a family, otherwise, we do not mix passengers of different sexes. Remember our 1st class compartments have four berths and 2nd class six berths.
Q: What about immigration services in case one has a problem or need to get a visa?
A: Immigration offices are available in both countries. Passengers are advised to complete visa arrangements before taking the train. However, Immigration Services are also available at Dar es Salaam Station area, and when boarding the train at Tunduma and Nakonde Stations, on the Tanzanian and Zambian sides, respectively. Immigration and Customs services are also the on the passenger train for both directions.
Q: Is there any transport connection when I reach New Kapiri Mposhi?
A: Yes, at New Kapiri Mposhi one can catch a public bus and taxis to Lusaka or any other place you may be travelling to.